Judges

Chris Steele-Perkins
Magnum Photographer

Chris Steele-Perkins was born in Burma in 1947, the son of an English colonel and a young Burmese woman, he came to England when he was a small boy and went to school at Christ's Hospital. He studied Psychology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and in his spare time learnt photography working on the student newspaper. After graduating in 1970 he followed his interest in photography and started to work as a freelance photographer, moving to London in 1971.

Steele-Perkins joined Magnum Photos in 1979. Throughout his career he has always been concerned to be an independent author, with his own photographic voice, exploring the aspects of the world that mattered most to him. This is best described as following twin obsessions: on one hand a continual dissection of Englishness from youth culture though urban poverty to the elderly and rural life. On the other hand he has always explored the rest of the world which has taken him from the war zones of El Salvador, Lebanon and Afghanistan to the cities and plains of Africa; from shadow of Mount Fuji to the new face of Burma. From this work he has produced many books, and the latest is A Place in the Country, an examination, and a celebration, of the great English estate, Holkham Hall.

David Yeo
Photographer

David Yeo is an award winning cross-genre photographer working in both stills and film. He was the overall winner of BLPA 2014. David's work has been exhibited extensively and his published work appears in Vogue and Elle magazines internationally, GQ Style, iD, Vanity Fair and major national editorials and magazines.

Mike Trow, picture editor of British Vogue, says  "he has the qualities that every photo editor needs in a photographer: great creative ideas, genuine originality, wonderful image quality and the perfect temperament to deal with whatever comes his way. His lighting is excellent and his sense of composition always makes for an interesting and graphically strong image. He also has the crucial talent of putting his subjects at ease - whoever he shoots he gets good things from and they enjoy the process."

David's diverse portfolio spans corporate, editorial and film commissions. Some of his portraits include: Al Murray, All Saints, Boris Johnson, Christopher Kane, Christopher Bailey, David Mitchell, Earl Spencer, Editors, Henry Holland, Heston Blumenthal, Manolo Blahnik, Mark Hix, Martin Parr, Mary Portas, Mollie King/The Saturdays, Ralph Fiennes, Rick Stein, Rosamund Pike, Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley, Sandra Choi, Simon Russell-Beale, Victoria Pendleton, Will Smith, Will Young, Jamie Woon, Zaha Hadid, Zandra Rhodes.

Jason Keene
Area Sales Manager Photo, Sony Europe

Jason has 25 years' experience in the photography business. Initially from a photographic retail background, experiencing the transition from manual to autofocus and film to digital. Jason took a sales role within wholesale photographic supply and then the photographic processing industry. For the past 6 years, Jason has been part of the Sony digital imaging division, during which time Sony has introduced a broad range of professional and amateur cameras bringing innovative technology to a wider audience.

Mike Trow
Picture Editor, British Vogue

Having completed a degree in philosophy, Mike Trow started out in fashion working on Bizarre magazine as photo editor and photographer. He later worked on Jack magazine with James Brown as photo director and occasional feature writer.

He has been picture editor of British Vogue since 2005 - responsible for commissioning, production and art direction of most of the portraits, reportage and house shoots of the magazine. He shoots some portraits for the magazine himself. He cycles everywhere.

Vicky Wilkes
Picture Editor, Country Life Magazine

Vicky has worked on the Country Life picture desk for five years, having previously been at The Saturday Telegraph Magazine. Commissioning and researching high standard photography is key to the Picture Editor's role and she is always looking for new photographers and different styles of photography which will compliment Country Life. Vicky has a strong passion for the British countryside and the people who call it their home.

She says  "I am really excited to be included on the BLPA judging panel this year, and am looking forward to the great variety of photography entered into the competition".

Jael Marschner
Group Picture Editor, Time Out

Most of Jael's work at Time Out focuses on researching, commissioning and art directing photography for the magazine, but also includes website imagery, travel guide photography and stints on Time Out New York magazine. In the past she has been the Picture Editor for The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and worked on the Evening Standard Magazine Picture Desk. Jael has always had a keen eye for striking imagery and has worked with some of biggest photographers in the business. However, she is also always on the lookout for new talent. As a food and travel photographer herself she can sometimes be found behind the camera as well, if time allows.

Olivia Ladbrooke- Chartres
Artist

Olivia is an accomplished artist, graduating from Wimbledon College of Art with a BA in Fine Art Painting, using photography as a key element of her practice. She understands the inherent appeal of the visual arts. Her work develops the traditional fresco genre beyond the context of painting, key elements of which are used to explore the fragility of life and our transition through it. This visual representation illustrates how connections, their associated meaning and suggested narrative, deteriorate over time. Reversed photographic images from a pre-digital era, paint and symbols are juxtaposed, creating conflict and synergy between past and present.

She has worked at the prestigious Mall Galleries, Federation of British Artists, running contemporary exhibitions, private views and events including, Threadneedle Prize and ING Discerning Eye. Currently she works for PAM Insight.

Glen Marks
Business Development Manager, Shutterstock, Rex Features